I parked near Woolverstone Chandler after calling ahead and asking permission (01473 780206). The public foot path runs in front of the Royal Harwich Yacht club then follows the river bank to Pin Mill.
After a swift pint in the Butt & Oyster the path continues along the bank through National Trust’s Pin Mill woodland. This takes you about 100 feet above sea level and gently undulates as you make your way toward Foxes Bottom. Continue parallel with Long Reach past Colton Creek and then right toward Orwell cottages and Wade’s Lane.
Wade’s Lane is a small road and has high banks in parts which means any traffic will have to wait for you to walk to a point where they can pass. Followed by a Ford Fiesta for 3 or 4 minutes before a safe place to pass was found.
At Shotley common rejoin a footpath through Colton Cottage’s driveway. This is private land and an old footpath, which presumably went right through their garden, has now been ‘officially extinguished’ and a more convenient path which passes over a meadow can now be used.
Eventually this takes you to the B1456, a larger and busy road, which you must follow for 400 metres. Max speed signs show this as 40 MPH but beware few vehicles take any notice and there are points where you have no option but to stay in the road.
Soon you return to a bridleway which splits Dawns Covert and Alder Carr. When you are through the wood you have a good view of the river. The route card from here takes you through Chelmondiston along Church Lane, across Page’s common and through Woolverstone Park. I confess that I fancied lunch at the Butt & Oyster so cut through the Cliff Plantation and rejoined the river bank path.
Distance: 7½ Miles
Elevation Range: 3 to 100 feet
Weather Check: Woolverstone, Suffolk
Map: Click here and once loaded select “Leisure” map
Route Card: Pin Mill, Woolverstone and Chelmondiston Circular Walk Route Card
Download: Walkers Route Card Template for Word 2010
Local Website: The Butt & Oyster
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